Tyler Perry Supports Man Who Was Abusive & Violent To His Family
Tyler Perry explains why he still provides food and shelter for the man (Emmitt Perry Sr.) who raised him in a childhood home filled with horrific abuse and violence. He explains,
Number one, my mother asked me to because she loved him. And secondly, as terrible as he was, and as horrible as he was, he never once left us. We were never hungry. And every time he’d go to work all week, he’d bring the money home.
In return, I’m giving him what he gave to me. I had shelter. I had food. He has shelter, pretty nice shelter, and any food that he wants to eat.
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After a childhood of abuse at the hands of his father, the director and producer learned as an adult the reason his dad resented him. He shares,
From a child, I’d always known that this man despised me, and I could not figure it out for the longest. I could not figure out why he hated me so. And every action was about his hatred or his disdain for me.
Perry says that throughout his life, he would ask his mother if Emmitt was his biological father. He says that his mother would always maintain that he was in fact his father. After his mother’s death, he says he took a DNA test and learned that Emmitt was not his father. See the clip.